Trans. Feb 24 3:21 ET (Feb 24 3:21 ET ) ATLANTA Now that last weeks NBA trade deadline has passed, a more concrete view of the playoff picture is taking shape in the Eastern Conference. The Pacers took another step at equipping themselves for a Finals run by swapping veteran Danny Granger, who had struggled in his sixth-man role, to Philadelphia in exchange for swingman Evan Turner and reserve big man Lavoy Allen. Allen, along with the acquisition of center Andrew Bynum, provides Indiana with even more size and depth on the interior, but picking up the Chicago native Turner was the move that truly raised eyebrows around the league. The versatile former No. 2 overall draft pick was the 76ers leading scorer, but in his new role, Turner should flourish as the primary option in the Pacers second unit alongside the likes of point guard C.J. Watson and power forward Luis Scola, while giving Frank Vogel several lineup options to choose from, coupled with similarly multi-faceted starting wings Lance Stephenson and All-Star Paul George.
Luis Scola grabbed six rebounds but missed all five of his FG attempts in 13 minutes on Wednesday, finishing scoreless in just 13 minutes of action.
The Scoop:As unsightly as Scola's line was tonight, it shouldn't have hurt many fantasy owners given his utter lack of value through the All-Star break. He's hardly worth a glance as long as David West is healthy.
The Indiana Pacers shot 46-80 (57.5%) from the field and dominated the offensive glass, pulling down 13 boards, in a blowout 119-80 win over the Denver Nuggets. Indiana (40-11) has now won seven of their last 10 games. David West had a quality performance, scoring 25 points on 11-13 shooting. Other key players for Indiana included Roy Hibbert with 14 points and 12 rebounds, Lance Stephenson with 12 points and 6 rebounds, and Luis Scola with 11 points and 8 rebounds.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Littered with former starters and strategically signed role players, the Indiana Pacers' bench is supposed to be one of the best in basketball. That second unit was no match for the shaky bench of the Orlando Magic, and it made all the difference Monday night. Forward Danny Granger scored a season-high 16 points to lead a dominant effort from Indiana's reserves in a 98-79 blowout of the Orlando Magic. Backup point guard C.J. Watson chipped in 12 points and reserve forward Luis Scola added 10 as Indiana's second unit outscored Orlando's 49-19.
COMMENTARY | The Phoenix Suns traded Luis Scola to the Indiana Pacers during the summer preceding the 2013-14 season. Little did anyone know at the time that the Suns would get the better end of this deal sooner rather than later, and it's not even close. The Suns acquired Gerald Green, Miles Plumlee and a future first-round draft pick in exchange for Scola. Green was wearing out a seat on the Pacers' bench and Plumlee saw even less time than Green.